Our Best Team Would Have Struggled Against City

One way of looking at the game on Saturday is that even with all our best players in the side,  we still would have been hard pressed to get anything out of the game – given how well Manchester City played, so in that sense it was the game to have our best players missing.

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Alan Pardew – City were strong on Saturday

The time to have our best players playing is in games we play against the lesser sides, because that tends to maximize the number of points we will get in any season.

And  two of those games are upcoming on the next two Sundays against Fulham and Sunderland – and hopefully we’ll have at least some of our best players back.

This is what Alan told reporters about Saturday’s game:

“Even with my best players I think we would have struggled against City,” “They were as strong as I have seen them for a while.” “I felt in the first half that City had an assurance about them that comes from no pressure.”

“We were lucky, I thought, to get to 40 minutes without conceding a goal. We were not as technically good as we have been, and I just wanted to get them in at half-time at 1-0, which if we did we would have had a better second-half.”

“But it’s always difficult at 2-0. We had a good attitude in the opening 10 minutes of the half. We put them under pressure and looked quite good. We needed to nick a goal at that stage, but couldn’t manage it.”

“I don’t think we ever thought we were out of the relegation battle, until you get to 40 points you are never out of it. We haven’t really looked away from that.” “There is nothing I can do about the other results.”

“We have got to our business in the other games coming up, let’s be honest. They are the ones we look forward to now.”

That game on Saturday is history now (thank goodness), and the situation can easily be put right by winning our next two home games – that’s all that really matters now.

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13 comments so far


    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #1

    The one thing I have always hated and never changed my mind about.

    I hate pardew talking bull**** to reporters.
    It’s embarrassing for the dpfans and the club


    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Just been watching a good example of a crap ref.

    Huddersfield vs hull yesterday, the ref books the wrong player hahahaha overpaid divvy s the lot of them.
    Apart front hat legend Italian referee that did the 2002 World Cup final and our game vs Barcelona

  • Eddie

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Pardew can’t stop talking, can he?
    If only he had something useful to say to his players!

  • Eddie

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #4

    The sad thing is that while Carr and Co identify these talented players, Pardew seems incapable of forging a style
    of play. It’s like like giving fine oil paints to to a chimp.

  • Graeme

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #5

    We are the only club I am aware of where our squad is divided into two distinct groups –

    1) Those fit and able to play
    2) Those injured and unable to play.

    Most teams have a few in group 2, we seem to have almost half the damn squad out injured at any one time and it seems to have been like that for the best part of 40+ years. Why has this not been addressed and the problem resolved??

    If we could resolve the permanent injury crisis, we would surely perform far better, more consistently on all fronts!!

  • Eddie

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Rant over – catharsis achieved.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Best team but STUPID tactics.

    Anita can’t pass

    Jonas is SLOW. rather gave curtis good (the League Cup finalist) a run on the left back

    Obertan doesnt give a damn about winning or losing

    Cisse doesnt care if he score or not – well he is our only striker since no competition at his position

  • Sav

    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Pards is right, though. Man City’s players are a notch better than ours in almost every position. And they were at home. Defeat was expected although the gutlessness of it was a disappointment. To get the morale back up is the most important thing and that requires a determined display on Thursday. We must threaten even if we aim to keep the score down. How we finish this match is what we will take into the Fulham one.

  • geordiemark

    Apr 1, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #9

    doesnt matter how good they are end of the day its 11 v 11 pardew being a bit of a defeatest there, if he sent his team out in the right formation and bite to there game they would have had a chance am not over happy with pardews statements not impressed at all

  • toonbrother

    Apr 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #10

    pardumb is full of shite, Everton beat city handily. theyve been beaten at home already. he is just incompetent and a coward

  • nastynorm

    Apr 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #11

    starting 2 get sick of pardew talking crap & picking crap wot obertan & jonas bring 2 team is beyond me y do we travel away we shud just give home teams 3 points & a 2-0 scoreline our away tactics r rubbish got no confidence at all in getting an away win,keep this up & we cud b relegated

  • arpeco19

    Apr 1, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    We were never gonna win that game even with our best players in the team? I paid £49 for a ticket, hotel and travel, food and drink also…. So an expensive day/night and he comes out with that tripe… His tactics are hopeless, Gutierrez at left back???? He might of played there for Argentina but he’s been shocking this season…. And in front of him you have Obertan????? One of the worst footballers ever. Cisse is awful, his link up play is terrible, he has no awareness of people around him and his control of a football is a lot to be desired…. We had no shots at goal the 1st half, the after half time for 8-10mins we had a go…. He then decides to take off Gouffran and put Gosling on!!!!!! I mean, where is the logic??? You need to get goals so you take off a forward and put a midfielder on?? So now we have Perch, Anita(shocking), Cabaye, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Gosling??? Leaving Marveaux on the bench? It beggars belief, I’m in the camp of its now time for Pardew to go, his tactics are awful and in my opinion I thinks he’s taken Newcastle as far as he can. He might of done some good things at this club but the bad things more than out way the good… If it could happen, I’d like to see Michael Laudrup as our new manager..

  • bobby vee

    Apr 1, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Alan(we learnt lessons today)Pardew. What is this guy on? Never has so much crap been spouted from some-one who is totally adrift of whats required to put out a team which will at least compete!!

    I beg members of the Media and press to get wise to this guy and stop sucking up to him and put direct
    questions to him regarding team selection. Obertan?
    For Christs Sake this bloke couldn’t kick a bucket.
    Grow some balls – you don’t owe this guy owt!!

    Do the decent thing Pardew, you have had a good run now do the honest thing and quit (Another eight years)
    of this bilge? NO THANKS…


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